The construction of a new Volkswagen Showroom including; the demolition of an existing building back to slab level, the removal of the existing forecourt concrete and perimeter fence, civil works to re-grade the forecourt area and relocate the stormwater pit, construction of a new concrete showroom slab, erection of the structural steel portal frame, metal deck roofing, external cladding, full height curtain wall glazing, new mechanical, hydraulic and electrical services, internal fit-out incorporating ceramic tiling, joinery and feature plasterboard colonnade.
Rendered Greenboard cladding was used as an alternative to rendered brickwork and provided the project with a cost and programme saving, and improved insulation performance figures.
The original design included an expensive, automated external blind to provide shade to the northern elevation glazing. The glass was changed to a much higher performance specification, which in turn allowed for the deletion of the external blind. The innovation not only met the Section J requirements of the BCA, but saved the project time, and cost and allowed the Client’s showroom vehicles to be viewed at all times of the day.
The new Audi Centre Canberra is one of the first state-of-the-art Audi car dealerships built in the world using the German ‘Audi Terminal’ design, currently being rolled out world wide. The building comprises of a large showroom and sales offices, vehicle handover bay, a tiled service area, mezzanine level offices and extensive external car parking areas.
The showroom façade is clad with a unique perforated aluminium panelling system, designed specifically for Audi. The showroom internally is equally striking due to the complex curved, raking and conical shaped plasterboard walls and bulkheads. An illuminated suspended ceiling and modern service area in incorporating in-floor car hoists, an exhaust extraction system, concealed in wall oil, air and waste lines make this car dealership stand ahead of the competition.
Commonwealth Motors Showroom in Phillip comprised both Holden & Mitsubishi brands. This project was to build a new building on the southern end of the site to house the Mitsubishi New Cars Division. The project firstly required the demolition of the existing used car building to allow for the construction to proceed.
The building consists of a series of precast wall panels along the south boundary and the east wall, concrete filled Blockwork along the front and around the underfloor stormwater retention tanks. Half of the concrete floor is on the ground with the other half suspended on precast concrete floor beams. The front façade is predominantly double glazing, built to the new Section J energy efficiency code. The building has a metal deck insulated roof and alucobond facia panels.
The floor is tiled in the new Mitsubishi Motors ceramic tiles. Internally there are offices for the new car & used car sales teams with the normal amenities that go with a building of this type. The existing Mitsubishi entry off Melrose Drive was closed off and a new entry provided to the new building.
Being part of a working used car lot it was imperative that the site be well protected to ensure the adjacent used cars were not damaged at the same time providing as much space for the used cars given a large section of the lot was reduced to house the new showroom. The two large under slab water tanks were installed to supplement the water required by the business to wash & detail both the new & used cars through a new car wash the client was installing.
This new Honda Redevelopment is comprised of a modern eye-catching showroom consisting of a bright spacious showroom floor, two high-tech handover bays, a sleek new customer lounge, numerous large offices and plenty of storage capability. An inviting new service reception, spare parts area and outside display area make up this exciting revitalised sales presentation for Rolfe Honda.
The existing building structure was stripped and the structure retained for architectural purposes creating numerous construction difficulties. The priority was to keep the client comfortably trading while the entire site was progressively demolished and rebuilt. The secondary objective was to minimise the time spent by the client in the temporary sales office which required an aggressive construction program which the Company fulfilled.
Nominated for the 2009 Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards, in the Commercial Building $3m – $6m category.
This project comprised the construction of two contemporary glass panelled new car showrooms. The showrooms incorporate a variety of functional spaces including sales offices, new car delivery facilities, vehicle service reception, vehicle workshops, storage, service bays and an indoor recreational and activity area for children.
A structural glass floor was installed to highlight the under body features of new car models. Unique suspended ceilings and lighting were also constructed in both showrooms.
The project was nominated in the Master Builders Awards for 2007.
This project involved the construction of a new showroom for Mercedes Benz. This showroom incorporated a café, large scale glazing and a mezzanine office level.
A service facility was also included within the building, a main feature of which was the full tiled flooring.